The workshop is about creating an emotive connection to your sitter, involving the technical side of oil painting through colour mixing, exploring form and colour theory. It is a figurative workshop using natural and expressive colours with the aim is to achieve a finished or near finished painting. We will look at how oil paints works and help you to develop a personal style and explore new approaches. This is not an atelier workshop but I will be referencing historical methods. We will be concentrating on painting but some drawing will be necessary using a grid system to aid proportions. The workshop will aim at creating a likeness and capture a sense of the sitter in the painting - this is why you should have a personal interaction with your chosen subject. DAY ONE Day one is an introduction and general overview to portrait painting. We will start by creating a monochrome or grisaille under painting to explore form through shade and tonal values. DAY TWO In day two we will add colour. Exploring how colour theory can help you develop your painting by looking at primary and tertiary colours. We shall be working from photographs - a subject of your own choosing. It is imperative that you take the photo, preferably someone you know or someone you find interesting. No flash!

What's included in the price?

The workshop will be held in my studio, a much larger space to accommodate a maximum of three students. Easels are supplied, you can bring your own if you wish. I can supply materials for an extra £20. Tea and coffee supplied, if you forget to drink it, which is often the case, I'll make you another. Parking vouchers are supplied if needed - please let me know in advance.


2 days (10:00am to 3:30am)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


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Karl Rudziak Artist

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Karl is an artist who works and lives in Portsmouth, his work is focused on the people and community of the city through portraiture. His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Southampton City Art Gallery and Dean Gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh as part of the BP Awards, also the Royal Academy and Royal Society of Marine Artists. His work resides in public collections including the Royal Navy and Portsmouth City Museum.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Advanced/pro level
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The Hotwalls Studios, Studio 4, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2FS